Venue: The Atkinson
Dates: 25/05/19 - 26/06/19
Times: All Day
All That Is Left Behind’ is a selection of mixed media artworks and digital prints produced by Southport based artist Sharon Barnes.
The working process for the mixed media artworks incorporates arrangement of collage, painting, image transfers, photocopies and inkjet prints. These artworks explore surface, colour and the juxtaposition of image, text and found objects. Digital prints are developed through the manipulation of selected images from the mixed media pieces.
The sources that have inspired these artworks originate from observations, captured moments, recollections of time and place, fragments of memory and traces of what is left behind.
A series of artworks have been developed through the construction and re-construction of narratives remembered and sometimes invented; whispers of a forgotten history; a history inspired by collections of photographs of family, friends and strangers; a history of time and place. These pieces combine surface qualities with images and objects that evoke personal reflections, remembrance of times past, recollections of people and places, and often memories which were once significant but have over time become lost or forgotten.
Alongside this series, other artworks are intended as a celebration of the natural changes and inherent qualities of landscape.
‘I frequently walk along the Sefton coastline and regularly visit Cumbria. These environments inspire and provide a source of ideas. Each environment presents unique characteristics with tides that rise and fall leaving their mark on marshes and sand hills, and rural landscapes that are rich in texture and colour, or brisk and raw in appearance. The journeys I make are recorded through photograph, and the selection and collection of natural detritus that reflects the qualities of the landscape. These fragments are kept in remembrance of time and place. I aim to draw attention to the finer details of the landscape and present them as relics that have survived the passage of time.’
Objects are layered to reflect the manner in which the landscape reveals and conceals itself and are assembled to highlight the precious nature of each selected subject within a composition of related fragments.
Image credit: Bird of Passage detail 1 Sharon Barnes